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My soon to be ex-wife and I have signed all of the required

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My soon to be ex-wife and I have signed all of the required documents including a settlement agreement with the court. We are only waiting for the judges signature for the divorce to be final. I have made an offer on a new home but since we have not received the signed papers from the judge finalizing the divorce I have been told that my soon to be ex wife is required to sign some documents at closing. Unfortunately, she is not responding to any of my emails about signing the documents. Are there any legal options that I would have so that I could proceed with the home purchase?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I will try my level best to help with your situation or get you to someone who can.

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I am sorry to hear that your soon to be ex is not being very helpful in this situation. But unfortunately, the answer is no, there is not a legal avenue you could pursue to force her to sign off on any disclaimer of interest in the new house, which would be automatically present due to the marriage not being formally dissolved.

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While you are legally married, she would acquire an interest in any assets purchased during the marriage, even your new house. This can present a big problem later on if you want to refi or sell it, because you would have to track her down and get her to sign off on a waiver or quitclaim deed so you could convey clear title to a buyer or refi with the bank.

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If the divorce is not amicable, then this can drag out for some time and have to go to court.

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With that said, the safest way to pursue this is to simply put off any closing until you get the formal paperwork from the court that has been entered into the record stating that the marriage is dissolved. Then you don't have to jump through any hoops or deal with your ex later with any title issues.

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As an aside, I used to be a closing attorney for 4 different lenders and have seen all the problems that come up with purchasing a house during a divorce... So it is much better to delay it until things are finalized.

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thanks

Barrister